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2018 Farmers Insurance Open kicks off with pro-am

Posted: 7:55 AM, Jan 24, 2018
Updated: 2018-01-24 15:56:23Z

LA JOLLA, Calif. (CNS) - Tiger Woods will get a final chance to prepare for his latest comeback to the PGA Tour when he plays in the Farmers Insurance Open's pro-am at Torrey Pines Golf Course, one day before the start of the tournament.

Woods teed off from the first hole of the North Course at 6:40 a.m. Wednesday as part of a fivesome with four amateurs.

The 42-year-old Woods has not played in a PGA Tour event since last year's Farmers Insurance Open, when he missed the cut, shooting a 4-over par 148 for two rounds. Woods then underwent a fourth back surgery that sidelined him for the next 10 months.

Woods returned to play in the Hero World Challenge, an unofficial event in the Bahamas Nov. 30-Dec. 3, where he tied for ninth in a field of 18 with an 8-under 280 for four rounds.

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The 156-player field is led by defending champion Jon Rahm , who rose one spot to second in the Official World Golf Ranking with his victory in the CareerBuilder Challenge, which concluded Sunday in La Quinta.